Event returns to the MTC to support uptake of automation

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As UK manufacturers continue to face productivity and net zero challenges, their progress is being hindered by labour shortages.

Against this backdrop, this year’s Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future will explore how greater adoption of this technology can address these issues. The event will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) on the 14th and 15th of May.

Focusing on the use of robotics and automation by smaller businesses, SMEs will share the challenges they faced and lessons learnt in adopting these solutions. There will also be explanations of the support services that are available to minimise the risk of adopting robot automation for the first time.

In addition, panellists and speakers from Schneider Electric, Renishaw and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult will provide their insights on how innovations in robotics and automation contribute to a circular economy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discover some of the emerging applications for robotics, the development programme being proposed by Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) and the progress of the exciting robotics start-ups in the UK.

Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer at the MTC, says: “With labour shortages continuing to bite, using robotics to solve this problem, to become more productive and boost competitiveness, is accelerating. By convening stakeholders to share their expertise and experiences, we can help manufacturers to explore the benefits this technology can offer.”

To register for the free event, please visit Robotics and Automation: For a Sustainable Future 2024.